Scrapbooking | Breaking it Down

I’ve never been a timer setter. You know what I mean. People who can set a 20 minute timer and then accomplish some task before the bell rings.

I think it’s the timer part that paralyzes me. If I had to set a timer and do something randomly, I’d spend at least ten minutes thinking about the possibilities and even more time trying to make a decision.

On the other hand, I can accomplish a task in a short period of time when I know what needs to be done…so long as there is no tick-tocking timer involved.

Time saving tasks

What does this have to do with scrapbooking? Most of us do not have large blocks of time during the week to be creative. It’s more likely that we need to fit scrapbooking into 20-30 minute segments until the weekend rolls around.

That’s when process can help you.

A well-defined process can help minimize distractions and allow you to make pages faster when you do have time to scrapbook. In my post, “Scrapbooking: The Basics” I mentioned that at the core, scrapbooking consists of three things:

  1. Journaling
  2. Photos
  3. Products and Design

Let’s see how each of these categories can be broken down into smaller, individual tasks.

  • Journaling Tasks – jot funny things your son says in a notebook, record stories in a document on your computer, look through your photo files and think about what stories you need to capture, look through your FB and Twitter feeds for stories, format journaling for a specific layout, develop a quiz with questions to ask your kids later, etc…
  • Photo Tasks download photos from camera, delete unnecessary photos, organize and tag images, edit photos to be printed, upload photos for printing, print photos at home, organize printed photos, etc…
  • Product and Design Tasks – look for inspiration in online galleries, look through current issues of magazines, organize sketches into a binder, select products and embellishments for a future project, shop for products, organize products in your scrap space, etc…

Make it work for you

Some of these tasks don’t really sound like scrapbooking, do they? There’s nothing here about assembling a page, but many of the steps above need to happen before you can assemble anything. Most of these tasks don’t even require you to feel creative.

Breaking down the process simply means taking one of these tasks and setting out to accomplish it when you have 20 or 30 minutes of free time.

You can’t scrapbook if you don’t have printed photos. You might not get much journaling done if you haven’t put some thought into what you want to say. Page design will come together faster if your inspiration pieces are organized and at your finger tips.

If you spend time during the week doing non-creative tasks so that you can scrapbook faster over the weekend, isn’t that worth the effort?

Do you ever break down your process?


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